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Communities still want their local newspaper

Communities still want their local newspaper

chrissycsmith February 2, 2014 Comments Off on Communities still want their local newspaper

Amidst our amazing winter storm to hit St. Tammany Parish the last couple of days, we who are publishing The Slidell Independent and Tammany West had something to celebrate. No, it wasn’t the fact

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This is going to be a very ‘super’ Super Bowl

This is going to be a very ‘super’ Super Bowl

chrissycsmith January 31, 2014 Comments Off on This is going to be a very ‘super’ Super Bowl

Who is ready for the Super Bowl? I love the Super Bowl. It’s a one-game event where the stakes have never been higher. I love it. I love the commercials that are always new

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A joyous, and heartbreaking time, in Oklahoma

A joyous, and heartbreaking time, in Oklahoma

chrissycsmith January 31, 2014 Comments Off on A joyous, and heartbreaking time, in Oklahoma

Life is hard. That’s a line I used to say to my children all the time. I haven’t said it in a long time, but this past weekend reminded me about it. The truth

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CEO interviews give great insight into ACA

CEO interviews give great insight into ACA

chrissycsmith January 28, 2014 Comments Off on CEO interviews give great insight into ACA

Does everyone have their health insurance now? I do—for the first time in almost five years. That’s right, my wife, son and I have been in that boat with millions of Americans—living without health

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A joyous, and heartbreaking time in Oklahoma

A joyous, and heartbreaking time in Oklahoma

chrissycsmith January 28, 2014 Comments Off on A joyous, and heartbreaking time in Oklahoma

Life is hard. That’s a line I used to say to my children all the time. I haven’t said it in a long time, but this past weekend reminded me about it. The truth

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My kids want to play baseball even though I’m busy

My kids want to play baseball even though I’m busy

chrissycsmith January 28, 2014 Comments Off on My kids want to play baseball even though I’m busy

My kids have started talking about playing baseball. I have a four and six year old – both boys – who are the typical kids that love to play outside with any kind of

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Legacy in life won’t revolve around riches

Legacy in life won’t revolve around riches

chrissycsmith December 27, 2013 Comments Off on Legacy in life won’t revolve around riches

Christmas is a day behind us and we’re all looking towards the new year and the things that await in 2014. I know I’m not the only one to occasionally talk about the uncertainty

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If you have a job to fill, I may know who can help

If you have a job to fill, I may know who can help

chrissycsmith December 23, 2013 Comments Off on If you have a job to fill, I may know who can help

My daughter needs a job. My number three daughter, that is. I finally decided that I might as well use the fact I get to write this public column every week as a way

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Making Christmas memories is hard work

Making Christmas memories is hard work

chrissycsmith December 15, 2013 Comments Off on Making Christmas memories is hard work

My kids are so excited about Christmas. They are 4 and almost 6, so this is prime time Christmas years for them. They are now going to remember the presents they get and the

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I just moved into a new house … again

I just moved into a new house … again

chrissycsmith December 14, 2013 Comments Off on I just moved into a new house … again

My wife and I just moved to a new house, and we figure we have moved over 20 times in our married years. When we first got married, we were like most young couples,

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Kiviaho, Sandifer can help small businesses

Kiviaho, Sandifer can help small businesses

chrissycsmith December 14, 2013 Comments Off on Kiviaho, Sandifer can help small businesses

I had a very interesting conversation this past week with two people who are finding a lot of success with a venture that is all about teaching business owners and managers how to maximize

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Sports brings out thankfulness in my life

Sports brings out thankfulness in my life

chrissycsmith November 30, 2013 Comments Off on Sports brings out thankfulness in my life

Happy Thanksgiving to all you sports fans out there. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone else, but Thanksgiving is a great day to love sports, and we all know why. Football. Yes, this is not just

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Take time to give thanks for your blessings

Take time to give thanks for your blessings

chrissycsmith November 30, 2013 Comments Off on Take time to give thanks for your blessings

Happy Thanksgiving. I assume most of you will be reading the paper on the evening before Thanksgiving or perhaps on Thursday when you have a little time to relax a bit. Interesting that we

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Winston still has a love for St. Tammany Parish

Winston still has a love for St. Tammany Parish

chrissycsmith November 30, 2013 Comments Off on Winston still has a love for St. Tammany Parish

Diane Winston said she is enjoying her life these days, focusing on her two children and three grandchildren. It’s a far-cry from her days in the local spotlight when she served as a state

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Assistant coaches important facets to every team

Assistant coaches important facets to every team

chrissycsmith November 15, 2013 Comments Off on Assistant coaches important facets to every team

In my line of work, I always interview the head coach when I need information. Whether the team I am covering wins or loses, the head coach is the one who comments about why

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‘Katrina component’ still a part of our lives

‘Katrina component’ still a part of our lives

chrissycsmith November 15, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Katrina component’ still a part of our lives

I frequently comment about the connection Hurricane Katrina still has to the stories I write. Since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August, 2005, virtually every interview I do that is a profile of

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Veteran Lane Carson is a true inspiration

Veteran Lane Carson is a true inspiration

chrissycsmith November 13, 2013 Comments Off on Veteran Lane Carson is a true inspiration

How can you not be inspired by a man like Lane Carson? I spent some time with Lane last week as we prepared for our special section in today’s paper, honoring military veterans for

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Family time is what really matters in my life

Family time is what really matters in my life

chrissycsmith October 24, 2013 Comments Off on Family time is what really matters in my life

Last week my husband and I took our two kids along with my sister and two-of-her-three kids to the St. Margaret Mary Fair in Slidell. The only child that was left behind was my

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I will be glad to see Galvan situation fade away

I will be glad to see Galvan situation fade away

chrissycsmith October 24, 2013 Comments Off on I will be glad to see Galvan situation fade away

It has been 10 months since St. Tammany Coroner Dr. Peter Galvan suddenly took the spotlight in the parish that he certainly never hoped to have. The first story about Galvan and his questionable

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Northshore Fishing Report – August 8

Northshore Fishing Report – August 8

chrissycsmith August 12, 2013 Comments Off on Northshore Fishing Report – August 8

Salinity levels improving Let’s face it; this summer has been a bust for Lake Pontchartrain fisherman. A cold spring followed by high river levels in the Pearl and adjacent rivers has put the kibosh

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